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Tuesday, 12 July 2022

A large ICN2 representation at the Graphene 2022 Conference in Aachen

by Virginia Greco

The ICN2 is one of the organisers of the Graphene Conference series and this year participated with many talks, posters and a stand in the exhibition, sharing results of the many research lines on graphene and 2D materials –both theoretical and application-oriented— pursued at our institute.

The 12th edition of Graphene Conference series, the largest European event in graphene and 2D materials, took place in July 5-8 (2022), in Aachen (Germany). It was organized by Phantom Foundation in collaboration with various research institutes and companies –ICN2, ICREA, RWTH Aachen University, Technische Universität Dresden, UC Louvain, BeDimensional (a spin-off of the Graphene Labs at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) and AMO (a company oriented at technology transfer). Over the past editions, the Graphene Conference strengthened its position as the main in-person meeting point of the graphene community worldwide.

Recent advances in 2D materials technologies –from theory and simulation, to fabrication, characterisation, and applications in many fields –were discussed across four days of plenary sessions, parallel workshops, doctoral student presentations, a poster session, and an industrial forum. The event also included an exhibition space for research institute and industries working in this field, which could showcase their services or products and establish new connections.

The ICN2 was directly involved in the organization of the Conference, with ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche, leader of the Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience Group, as a member of the Organising Committee. Many other ICN2 researchers participated either with talks in the oral sessions or with posters, as well as serving as chairpersons. Among them, Dr Aron W. Cummings, Dr José Hugo García Aguilar, Dr Marianna Sledzinska, and group leaders Prof. Kostas Kostarelos, ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoci, and ICREA Prof. José A. Garrido gave invited talks. Oral contributions were also brought by: group leader Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij; postdoctoral researchers Dr Luis M. Canonico Armas, Dr Roberta Farris, and Dr Jake D. Mehew; PhD students Christian M. Schäfer, Sebin Varghese, Nils Wittemeier, and Onurcan Kaya. Finally, PhD student Pedro Alcazar Guerrero and research assistant Joaquín E. Medina Dueñas presented a poster.

A stand in the exhibition was also held by the ICN2, where Andrés Cano De la Fuente from the Business and Innovation Area, and Dr Virginia Greco, from the Marketing and Communication Department, were happy to explain the research activities carried out at the ICN2, in particular about graphene and 2D materials technologies, as well as to be a contact point for members of other research centre and private company interested in fostering networking and in establishing new collaborations.